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or bal·a·phone  (bäl′ə-fōn′)
A large, usually pentatonic xylophone of West African origin, consisting of resonating gourds of graduated sizes under wooden bars which are struck with mallets.

[French balafon, from Maninka bala fɔ, to play the balafon (from bala, balafon + , to say, speak, play an instrument) or from a kindred source in another Mande language.]
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Born into a family of virtuoso balafon players, he grew up studying the instrument, becoming a protege of the great Keletigui Diabate, from whom he learned the technique of playing two balafons simultaneously.
In Africa, there are musical instruments that are supposed to reproduce words in accordance with a codification of sounds (or notes) known to initiates, for example drums, tom-toms, balafons (African xylophones).
The "words" of musical instruments are defined as words translated from the sounds of notes made by musical instruments called "talking" instruments (drum, tom-tom, balafon, sanza, musical bow, mvet, etc.
The latter ensemble includes seven male master drummers and an orchestra of flutes, balafons (xylophones) and koras (stringed instruments), plus traditional dancers.
Up in the desert north, where the dragon-tongue heat is regular and fierce, now imagine that voice again as Salif Keita's voice, a voice always in prayer now, a voice that passes through your senses and goes straight to the heart, as that shout once went straight to the hearts of monkeys, it now enters the spirit as a gift, as a breath of cleansing air, light, as a song shaped by rolling syllables that ring transcendent as bells, lyrical as koras and balafons, it is swelling, it is golden, it wraps itself around your spirit as would a shower raining down vowels and consonants
Frequently utilizing a strong foundation of guitar, organ, and saxophone, he accentuates his modern sound with traditional African instruments like the kora, the balafon, and the djembe.
QT: Why did you pick up the guitar instead of the balafon, which is a more traditional instrument?
Dordor quotes Toumani as explaining that the only weapons the Kaira movement owned "were koras, balafons and djembes.
Les << paroles >> d'instruments musicaux se definissent comme des paroles traduites a partir des sons ou des notes d'instruments musicaux dits << parlants >> (tambour, tamtam, balafon, sanza, arc musical, mvet, etc.